Dimension Data announce signing of Victor Campenaerts

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

Team Dimension Data have announced the signing of Belgian time triallist Victor Campenaerts . The 27-year-old will join for 2020 as the team rebrands to Team NTT. Campenaerts has won two races this season, the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico and stage 4 of the Baloise Belgium Tour. He narrowly missed out on victory at the San Marino time trial at the Giro d'Italia after suffering a mechanical in the closing metres. His biggest achievement to date, however, came in April of this year. After months of preparation at altitude, Campenaerts broke the World Hour Record, recording a distance of 55.089km at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico. Campenaerts has been a professional since 2014, first for Sport Vlaanderen, then Jumbo-Visma, before spending the last two seasons at Lotto Soudal. "I'm really looking forward to my new adventure with Team NTT next year," said Campenaerts in a statement on Monday. "The ...

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Lutsenko: I believe I can win the world championships

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the break

Astana 's Alexey Lutsenko issued a statement of intent ahead of next month's UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire with a dramatic final-day victory at the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday. The Kazakh champion toppled Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) in a nail-biting battle on the finishing circuit in Narvik that came down to bonus seconds. Lutsenko had built his victory by making a 33-rider split on the frenetic rolling opening stage on the Lofoten islands and then limiting his losses to Barguil on the short-but-steep Storheia summit finish on Saturday, before snatching it at the very last. The Norway parcours , Lutsenko noted, bears a lot of similarities to the terrain on which he'll be racing at the Worlds in Yorkshire in a bid for the rainbow jersey on September 29. As such, his ambitions are high. "I think Yorkshire will be a really good Worlds for me," Lutsenko told ...

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Team Sunweb confirm signing of Tiesj Benoot

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Team Sunweb have announced the signing of Tiesj Benoot from Lotto Soudal, with the Belgian agreeing a contract that will see him stay at the team until the end of 2021. Benoot turned professional with Lotto Soudal in 2015 and has raced with them for the past five seasons. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the peloton's premier classics riders, able to compete on the hills and over the cobbles alike. In his debut spring classics campaign, Benoot burst onto the scene with a fourth place at the Tour of Flanders, his best result yet at his home race. The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche is Benoot's sole career victory thus far, while fourth at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2018 and this year's Tour de Suisse count among his other career highlights. Benoot has raced two Tours de France, finishing 20th overall in 2017 and taking second place behind Daryl ...

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Simon Yates and former winner Adam Yates bound for Clasica San Sebastian

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the Tour de France

Double Tour de France stage winner Simon Yates and his brother Adam Yates will lead the Mitchelton-Scott team at this weekend's Clásica San Sebastián , the team has announced. Adam won the Spanish one-day race in 2015, but the pair will be up against French Tour star Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will start as the defending champion and overwhelming favourite. Adam Yates' victory four years ago was the then 22-year-old's first WorldTour win, and he crossed the line solo – 15 seconds in front of a group led home by Philippe Gilbert, which also included Alaphilippe and Simon Yates – not knowing that he was first, having believed there was still a breakaway ahead of him. Since then, Adam has won stages at WorldTour events including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya, while Simon has taken stage victories at all three Grand Tours, and won the ...

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Nairo Quintana’s father confirms rider's move to Arkea-Samsic

Nairo Quintana’s father confirms rider's move to Arkea-Samsic

George Smith 26 Jul 2019 Longstanding rumours confirmed as Colombian set for move to French outfit Speaking to Colombian media, Nairo Quintana ’s father has confirmed that the winner Tour de France's Stage 18 will swap Movistar for Arkea-Samsic next year. ‘Nairo is changing teams, he's going to Arkea,’ Luis Quintana told Bogota's Blu Radio . ‘I'm telling you, Colombians, that Nairo will probably do very well.’ Rumours have been whirring around the future of the Grand Tour winner for months now, with Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué all but assuring he won’t stay with the Spanish team just this week. ‘Nairo has given us so many glorious days and I don't rule out that he will have some more, but it's been a couple of years now that he's not been at the great level we saw before,’ Unzué told Spain's Cadena Ser radio station on Monday. See related Tour ...

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Colombian star Quintana to join Arkea-Samsic next year, says father

Supported by Bogota, July 25, 2019 (AFP) – Colombian Nairo Quintana, who won stage 18 of the Tour de France on Thursday, will ride for French team Arkea-Samsic next year, his father said. The 29-year-old two-time Grand Tour winner — the most decorated cyclist in Colombia’s history — has spent the last seven years with Spaniards Movistar. … The post Colombian star Quintana to join Arkea-Samsic next year, says father appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Luke Rowe: Geraint Thomas is still the Tour de France favourite

Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey and teammate Luke Rowe hold the Welsh flag

Luke Rowe starts his fifth Tour de France in Brussels on Sunday in his usual domestique's role for Team Ineos . The question is, who – between defending champion Geraint Thomas and young pretender Egan Bernal – will he be working for come the final week of the race? It's the same question that everyone's asking, from fans, to the media, to rival teams. And Rowe has the answer: the road will decide. But the 29-year-old Welshman is in the privileged position of being an inside man – and knows both of his GC-contender teammates' qualities and personalities well. "The Tour de Suisse was a disappointment, and Geraint was right next to me when he went down," Rowe told reporters on Friday, referring to Thomas' crash that ended the stage race early for him in June, but with no lasting damage. "It would have been a better scenario to have ...

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Pinot: I want to show the real me in the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot at the Groupama-FDJ press conference ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot leads the Groupama-FDJ team of manager Marc Madiot for the 100th edition of the Tour de France . After a few difficult years, Pinot, 29, is hoping to regain the form that earned him stage wins and a podium in 2014. The team decided in December to focus solely on Pinot by leaving their sprinter Arnaud Démare at home. In the absence of Christopher Froome and Tom Dumoulin, it's 'l'année ou jamais' (now or never) for Pinot, as French media stated during the team's press conference in Brussels Expo on Wednesday evening. Pinot was asked if he wasn't fed up with the question. "No, I'm not bored about the question but I don't understand it, really. I'm 29 years old so I've still got quite a few years ahead of me. On the other hand, this is a year in which I'm hitting peak form, I'm keen to ...

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Zakarin, Dowsett and Politt form eclectic Katusha-Alpecin team for Tour de France

Ilnur Zakarin rides to the start

Ilnur Zakarin will lead the Katusha-Alpecin team at the Tour de France , with Alex Dowsett, Rick Zabel, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Nils Politt , José Gonçalves, Jens Debusschere and Marco Haller also in an eclectic line-up that will target stage victories. The Russian and German backed team has won just five races this season, including the recent British and Portuguese national time trial titles and their long-term future remains unclear. Marcel Kittel left the team in early May , with the German sprinter and the team agreeing to terminate their contract with immediate affect as Kittel reflected on his future in the sport. The Haller, Dowsett and Zabel lead out train built for Kittel will now likely support Debusschere, with Dowsett and Gonçalves targeting the stage 13 time trial in Pau. It will be the British rider's second Tour de France. He made his debut in 2015 but failed to ...

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Fuglsang backed by 'strong and experienced' Astana team at Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang on the final Dauphine podium

Critérium du Dauphiné winner Jakob Fuglsang will lead a strong Astana team at the Tour de France, with Alexey Lutsensko, Pello Bilbao and Gorka Izagirre among the supporting cast. The eight-man roster is completed by Canada's Hugo Houle, Omar Fraile, Magnus Cort and Luis Leon Sanchez, giving the Kazakhstani team options for stage victories. "With this strong and experienced team, we are ready to fight for the best possible result," Astana manager Dmitriy Fofonov said in a statement released by the team. Although Fuglsang’s best-ever placing in a Grand Tour remains his 7th place on the 2013 Tour de France, he has added his name to the list of favourites for this year’s race after a remarkable sequence of performances and results so far in 2019. Fuglsang soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April and finished on the podium at Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Tirreno-Adriatico. The ...

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The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France

Can a veteran rider well into his thirties who has never stood on a Grand Tour podium win the Tour de France? It happened last year with Geraint Thomas — another rider who had not historically been the strongest climber nor time trialist, but was always capable at both — and it could well happen … The post The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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What does Chris Froome’s withdrawal mean for the 2019 Tour de France?

Chris Froome is out of the 2019 Tour de France after a serious crash in training at the Criterium du Dauphine. The four-time Tour champion is still in hospital and, with doctors saying he requires at least six months off the bike, his season is almost certainly over. Hopefully, he is able to make a … The post What does Chris Froome’s withdrawal mean for the 2019 Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bouhanni's Dauphine departure increases odds against Tour de France selection

Christophe Laporte comes up to teammate Nacer Bouhanni after stage 1 of the Route d'Occitaine

Nacer Bouhanni 's ( Cofidis ) abandonment at the Critérium du Dauphiné on stage 2 still has his team management searching for answers, and with the Tour de France selection just a matter of weeks away, the Frenchman looks destined to miss out on a place for the second year running. Bouhanni was dropped on stage 2 of the Dauphiné and failed to finish the stage. He came into the race hoping to secure his first win of the campaign, but after firing blanks at the Tour of California and completing only one stage of the Dauphiné, the 28-year-old's chances of returning to the Tour look slim as the status between rider and management continue to deteriorate. "We'll have a meeting next week with the sports directors and Cedric Vasseur, and we'll decide on the pre-selection for the Tour de France," Roberto Damiani told Cyclingnews on Tuesday. "After the national ...

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Oomen ends season to undergo iliac artery surgery

Sam Oomen (Sunweb)

Sam Oomen ( Team Sunweb ) has been forced to end his season due to an iliac artery problem that will require surgery. The 23-year-old Dutchman, who finished ninth overall at last year's Giro d'Italia while supporting Tom Dumoulin , has been struggling with pain and loss of power in his left leg for a number of months and was recently diagnosed with iliac artery flow limitation. Despite posting some strong results, such as fifth at the Volta ao Algarve and ninth at Tirreno-Adriatico, physiotherapy was deemed unsuccessful and it was decided an operation would be required to fully rectify the problem. After crashes brought a premature end to his Giro d'Italia - where he'd been drafted in late to cover for the injured Wilco Kelderman - Oomen has been booked in for surgery in six weeks' time. "In an attempt to solve the issues we tried numerous treatments such ...

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Geraint Thomas on Tour de France defence: The competition is definitely tougher this year

The final podium – Costa, Roglic, Thomas (L-R)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) is confident that he'll be competitive and ready to try to defend his Tour de France title this July following some extended post-win celebrations and a winter of media appearances. In an interview published on telegraph.co.uk on Tuesday, Thomas said that he's now only about a kilogram away from his optimum racing weight of 67kg, and that his third place overall at the Tour de Romandie in early May was the confidence boost he needed to know that he was on the way back to his best, although he admitted that the competition he'll face could be tougher than ever at this year's Tour de France. "By the start of last November, even though I still had three weeks of doing stuff, I was itching to get back on the bike," he said, referring to the multiple public appearances and media interviews he did ...

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Nibali, Roglic, Carapaz climb UCI World Ranking after Giro d'Italia

2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz poses with Ecuador's flag on the final podium in Verona.

The UCI's World Ranking has seen something of a shake-up thanks to the Giro d'Italia , with Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) all climbing the overall standings. Julian Alaphilippe remains in control of the individual standings thanks to his superb start to the season. Despite not winning a stage of the Giro d’Italia, Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-QuickStep are still well clear of the chasing pack in the teams classification, while France continue to lead Belgium in the nations rankings. Alaphilippe’s lead in the individual standings has been cut down to just 50 points, with Roglic climbing three places to second after a stint in the maglia rosa and finishing third place overall at the Giro d’Italia. Roglic has raced 41 days this season, solely at WorldTour level, with the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie - all of which he won - providing his preparation ...

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Roglic keen to learn from his mistakes after securing Giro d'Italia podium spot

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) rarely lets his face reveal his true emotion but there was a real sense of relief and happiness in his smile after he managed to pull back 31 seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) in the final time trial and so finish third overall in the Giro d'Italia . The three-week race also offered lots of lesson for the future about nutrition, tactics, bike change protocols and even dealing with the constant media scrutiny. Roglic dominated the opening hilly time trial in Bologna on stage 1 but rode mostly on the defensive for the rest of the race, especially after crashing on the descent to Como on stage 14 after a debacle of a bike change. Roglic damaged his ribs that day but rode on in pain, fighting to stay with Landa, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), eventual winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and hold onto the hope of ...

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Giro d'Italia: Roglic accepts penalty for push knowing podium is in reach

Primoz Roglic crosses the line, having shed time to Mikel Landa

Primoz Roglic rarely expresses his emotions in public but took a moment to thank the many Slovenian fans who gathered at the Jumbo-Visma bus at the foot of the climb to Croce d'Aune-Monte Avena, shaking their hands in thanks, smiling in appreciation of their support and bowing his head in a sign of respect. Roglic is likely to finish third overall in the Giro d'Italia if he can pull back 23 seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) during the 17km Verona time trial. It is a good result and one he seems happy with after a rollercoaster three weeks that include a dominant victory in the opening Bologna time trial and five days in the maglia rosa. But the race has also thrown at Roglic a bike change debacle, a crash on the descent into Como and then a fight in the mountains to limit his time losses to Carapaz, Nibali ...

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How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart

Last week we looked at how to tell Germany’s top male cyclists apart. In some ways that was an easy task — Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann all look different, and their names aren’t all that similar. Today, we’ve got a bigger task ahead of us: separating the Yates twins. To even the … The post How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart appeared first on CyclingTips .

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